The Bear Creek Primitive
ELDER J. P. MILLS, Moderator.
J. W. JONES, Clerk,
Marsh ville, N. C.
Enquirer Print, Monroe, N. C.
Bear Creek Primitive
SPRING AND FALL SESSION
Twenty-Eighth Spring Session, held with the Church at
New Zion, Cabarrus County, N. C, commencing on Saturday
before the first Sunday in May, 1912. Also of the Eighty-
First Annual or Fall Session, held with the Church at
Meadow Creek, Stanly County, N. C, commencing on Sat-
urday before the first Sunday in October, 1912.
Compiled and Distributed by
J. "W. JONES, Clerk and Treasurer,
Marshville, N. C.
Digitized by the Internet Archive
Spring Session, 1912.
New Zion, Cabarrus County, N. C, May 4, 1912.
Assembled at the stand at 11 o'clock A. M. Service
opened with praise and prayer by Elder A. J. Taylor, a
Introductory sermon then preached by Elder T. M. Stan-
ley, visitor from Silver Creek. Text, St. John, 3rd chapter
and 7th verse.
Intermission one hour. ^Then convened in the house.
Praise and prayer by Elder J. E. Williams. Then proceeded
to business, Elder Mills presiding.
1. Called for letters from the Churches. They were
handed in and read by H. M. Baucom.
2. Re-elected Elder J. F. Mills moderator and J. W.
3. Invited visiting messengers from sister associations
to seats. Brother Samuel Snyder, of Abbotts Creek, was
present and seated.
4. Invited visiting ministers and laymen from sister
associations to seats. Present from Silver Creek Elder
T. M. Stanley; from Nolachucka, Tenn, Elder Samuel Mc-
Millon ; from the Tennessee Association of Tenn., Elders
A. J. Taylor, J. W. Shurficld and Bro. Jonas Taylor; from ^
Salem, Elders C. A. Davis and M. L. Willard; from Ab-
botts Creek were Brethren C. W. Young, D. P. Broadaway,
C. B. Owens and P. M. Foster, all of whom were welcomed.
5. Appointed on Committee on Arrangements, Breth-
ren D. B. Howard, S. L. MuUis and Aaron Furr, with mod-
erator and clerk.
6. Appointed the following ministers to preach at the
stand on to-morrow, to-wit : M. L. Willard, T. M. Stanley,
J. W. Shurfield and Samuel McMillon. Service to con-
mence at 10 o'clock A. M.
7. Adjourned to meet at 9 o'clock Monday A. M.. Ben-
ediction by the moderator.
Preaching at the stand Saturday evening by Elders
C. A. Davis and J. W. Shurfield. ^
Sunday's Preaching at the Stand.
Assembled at 10 o'clock A. M. Preaching first by Elder
M. L. Willard. Text, contents of 5th chapter of Isaiah;
followed by Elder J. W. Shurfield from these words : ' ' The
world by wisdom knows not God."
Intermission one hour. Service continued by Elder Sam-
uel McMillon from this Scripture : ' ' That which is born of
flesh is flesh and that which is born of the spirit is spirit,"
and closed with short exhortation by Elder H. M. Williams.
Monday Morning, May 7th.
Reconvened in the house pursuant to adjournment.
Praise and prayer by Elder C. A. Davis.
8. Called on Arrangement Committee to report. Re-
port was read and adopted.
9. Called names of messengers, noted absentees and
read Rules of Decorum.
10. Called on corresponding messengers from sister
associations to report. Brother Sam Snyder, of Abbotts
Creek reported that they were in peace. Elder T. M. Stan-
ley reported the same for Silver Creek.
11. Called on corresponding messengers to sister asso-
ciations to report. Elder Mills reported that he attended
the Mill Branch Association, found them in peace and had
12. Called on Presbyteries to report.^ No report.
13. That we return thanks to God, this Church and
people of the vicinity for kindness and hospitality during
14. Adjourned to time and place mentioned in last
minutes. Benediction by the moderator.
While the association was in session in the house preach-
ing services were conducted at the stand by Elders C. A.
Davis, Samuel McMillon and B. L. Treece. This was a fine
ELDER J. F. MILLS, Moderator.
J. W. JONES, Clerk.
Messengers Spring Session, 1912.
Bear Creek — Elder J. E. Williams, J. A. Barbee, Aaron
Bethany — By letter.
Brooms Grove — Elder H. M. Williams, T. M. Broom, W.
Concord — J. D. Carriker, D. S.. Blake.
Clarks Grove — ^E. Barber, S. B. Tucker, Jas. Helms.
Crooked Creek — H. E. Rowell, J. M. Austin.
Freedom — Not represented.
High Hill— C . A. Helms, S. A. Helms*, W. M. Clontz*.
Howards Chapel — P. A. How^ard, R. B. Burrus, D. B.
Jerusalem— J. W. Godwin, T. F. Mills, W. A. Helms*.
Jones Hill— Fulton Curlee, W. H. Howard*, J. S. Little*.
Liberty — Not represented.
Liberty Hill— C. W. Safley, R. T. Burrus, W. H. Hinson*.
Lawyers Spring — S. Edwards, H. M. Baucom, J. W.
Meadow Creek — J. A. Barbee, H. Shoe, D. M. Hathcock.
Mountain Creek— Elder B. L. Treece, J. C. Miller, J. E.
New Zion — S. M. Underwood.
Pleasant Hill — Eli Liles, Sam, Rimmer, J. S. Norris*.
Pleasant Grove— J. A. Jones*, C. E. Griffin, T. A. Helms*.
Running Creek— W. H. Hatley*, J. H. McClure, G. M.
Union Grove— T. F. Hill, T. A. McClellan, C. S. Medlin*.
Watson— S. L. Mullis, Joel MuUis*, E. C. Williams.
Wadesboro — Not represented.
Absentees marked thus *.
Fall Session, 1912.
Meadow Creek, Stanly County, N. C,
October 5, 1912.
Assembled at the stand at 11 o'clock A. M., and the in-
troductory sermon delivered by Elder J. F. Mills from 1st
verse of 23rd Psalms.
Intermission one hour. Then the ministers and messen-
gers present met in the house. Praise and prayer by Elder
C. A. Davis, after which proceeded to business in the fol-
lowing order, Elder Mills presiding :
1. Called for the letters from the several churches.
These were handed in and read by H. M. Baucom, the read-
2. Re-elected Elder J. F. Mills moderator and J. W.
3. Received and read a letter from a newly organized
Primitive Baptist Church at Albemarle, N. C, seeking ad-
mittance into the Union, which was granted and their mes-
sengers seated in council and the right hand of fellowship
extended them by the moderator on behalf of the associ-
4. Invited corresponding messengers from sister asso-
ciations to seats. Elder B. H. Harrelson, of Mill Branch,
and Elder W. T. Broadaway, of Abbotts Creek, were pres-
ent and seated.
5. Invited visiting brethren from sister associations also
to seats. Elders P. W. Willard and C. A. Davis, of Salem,
and Brother A. N. Snrratt, of Abbotts Creek, and Brother
F. Beam, of Silver Creek, and Jonas Taylor, of Tennessee
Associations, were present and seated.
6. Appointed on Committee of Arrangements Elder J.
E. Williams and Brothers Aaron Furr and S. L. Mnllis, with
moderator and clerk.
7. Appointed on Committee of Finance Brothers H. M.
Baucom and S. A. Helms.
8. Appointed the foollowing ministers to preach at the
stand on to-morrow, to-wit : P. "W. "Willard, C. A. Davis,
W. T. Broadaway and B. H. Harrelson. Service to com-
mence at 10 o'clock A. M.
9. Adjourned to half-past nine Monday A. M.
Preaching service at the stand Saturday P. M. by Elders
C. A. Davis and P. W. Willard.
Sunday Services, October 6th.
Elder P. W. Willard preached first. Text 14th verse of
10th chapter of Ezekiel, followed by Elder C. A. Davis from
Luke 19th chapter and 10th verse.
Intermission one hour. Then service continued by Elder
W. T. Broadaway from 17th verse of 1st chapter of St.
John, and closed by Elder B. H. Harrelson from 16th chap-
ter and 18th verse of Matthew. These brethren were greatly
blessed of the Spirit to preach the gospel in demonstration
and power and the hearers were much comforted and
Monday Morning, October 7th.
Reconvened in the house pursuant to adjournment.
Praise and prayer by Elder Henry Taylor. Then proceeded
to the regular order of business.
10. Called on Committee of Arrangements to report.
The same was read and adopted.
11. Called the names of messengers, noted absentees,
and read Rules of Decorum.
12. Called on corresponding messengers to sister asso-
ciations to report. Elder H. M. Williams reported that
himself and Elder W. R. Helms attended the Silver Creek
Association and were received and had good meeting; also
Brother D. B. Howard attended the Abbotts Creek Associa-
tion and was received. Other brethren appointed failed
to attend but were excused. Received file of minutes from
Mill Branch and Center Associations.
13. Called on corresponding messengers from sister
associations to report. Elder W. T. Broadaway reported
the Abbotts Creek Association in peace and unity. Elder
B. H. Harrelson reported the same for Mill Branch Asso-
14. Appointed correspondence with sister associations
as follows :
To Abbotts Creek we send as messengers Elders J. E.
Williams, W. R. Helms, H. M. Williams, Bro. T. M. Broom,
and file of minutes.
To Salem, file of minutes.
To Center, file of minutes.
To Mill Branch, Elders J. F. Mills, Henry Taylor, and
file of minutes.
To Silver Creek, Elders J. E. Williams, W. R. Helmu, H.
M. AVilliams, Bro. T. M. Broom, and file of minutes.
To Mountain District, file of minutes.
15. Called for reports from Presbyteries. Elder J. E.
Williams reported that himself and Elder B. L. Treece and
some deacons formed a Presbytery on Friday, August 2nd,
1912, at Albemarle, N. C, and organized and constituted
the Primitive Baptist Church there. Elder Henry Taylor
reported that himself and Elders W. C. Edwards and H. M.
Williams formed a Presbytery at High Hill on first Sunday
in June, 1912, and ordained Bro. S. A. Helms a deacon, and
that himself and Elder J. E. Williams and Deacon Austin
formed a Presbytery on Saturday before the third Sunday
in July, 1912 at Crooked Creek and ordained Brothers H.
E. Rowell and I. H. Little deacons, and also that himself and
Elders W. C. Edwards and J. F. Mills formed a Presbytery
on Saturday before the 4th Sunday in July, 1912, at Liberty
and ordained Brothers D. S. Jones and S. D. Outen dea-
16. Treasurer reports, left over from last year $ 2.10
17. Finance Committee reports, sent up this year $32.90
Total minute fund $35.00
18. That the next Spring Session of this Association
be held with the Church at Pleasant Hill, Iredell County,
N. C, commencing on Saturday before the first Sunday in
May, 1913, and that Elder Henry Taylor is appointed to
preach the introductory sermon, Elder W. C. Edwards al-
ternate, and that the Fall or Annual Session be held with
the church at Lawyers Spring, Anson County, N. C, com-
mencing on Saturday before the first Sunday in October,
1913, and that Elder J. E. Williams is appointed to preach
the introductory sermon. Elder J. F. Mills alternate.
19. That the clerk send notices of above meetings to
''The Landmark" and Primitive Baptist for publica-
20. That the clerk superintend the printing of 800
copies of these minutes and distribute them as usual and
receive same allowance as last year for services.
21. That each Church of this Association is requested
to consider the advisability of dividing this Association into
two bodies, making Rocky River the line, and report their
decision to the next Fall Session at Lawyers Spring.
22. That we return sincere thanks to God, this Church
and people of the vicinity for the very hospitable manner
in which we have been received and cared for during this
23. Adjourned to times and places above mentioned.
Benediction by the moderator.
Monday preaching services were conducted at the stand
by Elders P. W. Willard, C. A. Davis and B. H. Harrelson.
This was a most pleasant and enjoyable meeting and was
largely attended every day and much interest manifested
and we believe the Lord was glorified in these services.
. ELDER J. F. MILLS, Moderator.
J. W. JONES, Clerk, Marshville, N. C.
FALL SESSION, 1912.
Church Clerks and Their Addresses.
Albemarle — W. H. Hinson, Albemarle, N. C.
Bear Creek, Aaron Furr, Bloomington, N. C.
Bethany — Miss Jane P. Jones, Route 2, Wadesboro, N. C.
Brooms Grove — J. P. Huneycutt, Monroe, N. C.
Concord, D. S. Blake, Concord, N. C.
Clarks Grove — J. L. Helms, Locust Level, N. C.
Crooked Creek — H. E. Rowell, Route 2, Indian Trail,
Freedom— A. J. Deese, Whitley, N. C.
High Hill— S. A. Helms, Monroe, N. C.
Howards Chapel — P. A. Howard, Route 1, Norwood, N. C.
Jersulaem — J. W. Godwin, Route 2, Marshville, N. C.
Jones Hill— J. S. Little, Big Lick, N. C.
Liberty, Oscar Broom, Route — , Monrod, N. C.
Liberty Hill— C. W. Safley, Bridgeport, N. C.
Lawyers Spring, J. W. Jones, Marshville, N. C.
Meadow Creek — D. M. Hathcock, Locust Level, N. G.
Mountain- Creek — J. E. Russell, Route 2, Albemarle, N. G.
New Zion — S. M. Underwood, Route 7, Concord, N. C.
Pleasant Hill — H. P. Cashion, Route 2, Barber, N. C.
Pleasant Grove — T. A. Helms, Marshville, N. C.
Running Creek — G. M. Tucker, Route 1, Mt. Pleasant,
Union Grove— I. N. Medlin, Monroe, N. C.
Watson — S. L. Mullis, Route — , Monroe, N. C.
Wadesboro— W. D. Edwards, Polkton, N. C.
Albemarle — Third Sunday in September.
Bear Creek- — First Sunday in August.
Bethany — Third Sunday in August.
Brooms Grove — Fourth Sunday in September.
Concord — Third Sunday in June.
Clarks Grove — Second Sunday in July.
Croked Creek — Third Sunday in July.
Freedom — Fourth Sunday in September.
High Hill — First Sunday in September.
Howards Chapel — Saturday before the 4th Sunday in
Jerusalem — Second Sunday in August.
Jones Hill — Third Sunday in September.
Liberty — Fourth Sunday in July.
Liberty Hill — Fourth Sunday in July.
Lawyers Spring — First Sunday in August.
Meadow Creek — Third Sunday in August.
Mountain Creek — Saturday before the 2nd Sunday in
New Zion — Second Sunday in June.
Pleasant Hill — Fourth Sunday in June.
Pleasant Grove — Second Sunday in July.
Running Creek — Second Sunday in August.
Union Grove — Second Sunday in September.
Watson — Fourth Sunday in May.
Wadesboro — Not settled upon.
Financial Statement, 1912.
Left over from last year — $ 2.10
Sent up this year 32.90
For printing these minutes _ — $12.00
Allowance to clerk 8.00
Total expense $20.00 $20.00
Balance on hand $15.00
Addresses of Ordained Ministers.
Elder J. F. Mills, Marshville, N. C.
Elder J. E. Williams, Blomington, N. C.
Elder W. K. Helms, Mooresville, N. C.
Elder H. M. Williams, Indian Trail, N. C.
Elder Walter Edwards, Wingate, N. C.
Elder Henry Taylor, Monroe, N. C.
Elder B. L. Treece, Albemarle, N. C.
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RULES OF DECORUM.
1. A moderator, or chief speaker, and clerk may be
chosen by the suffrages of the members present.
2. The chief speaker, or moderator, shall take his seat
at the hour to which the association shall be adjourned, and
after prayer shall proceed to business. It shall be his duty
to keep order, and shall be entitled to the same privileges of
speech as that of another; provided he appoint one of the
members to fill the chair during the exercise of such privi-
lege, and in no case shall give a vote unless the association
be equally divided.
3. Only one member shall be allowed to speak at a
time, who shall rise from his seat and address the chief
speaker by the appellation of brother, and while speaking
shall confine himself strictly to the subject in question, and
shall not be interrupted unless he digress from the subject,
and shall in no wise reflect on any other speaker, so as to
make remarks on his slips and failings and imperfections,
but shall fairly give his own views of the case without
sophistry and criticism.
4. No person shall speak more than three times on one
subject without leave of the association.
5. No person shall absent himself from the association
6. No member of the association shall address any other
member by any other term or name than that of brother.
7. The chief speaker or moderator shall not interrupt
one member to prohibit him from speaking until his speech
is finished, except he break the Rules of Decorum,
8. The names of all the members of this association
shall be enrolled by the clerk, and be called over as often as
the association may require.
Any member who shall willingly and knowingly break
or violate any of the foregoing rules of the association
shall be reproved by the association in any way they may
ARTICLES OF FAITH.
Article 1. We Believe in one living and true God, the
Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost.
Art. 2. We believe in the man Jesus being the first of
all God's creation and the pattern of all God's perfection in
nature, providence, grace and glory, and in relative union
with the divine Word, and thus united with the whole Trin-
Art. 3. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and
New Testaments contain the only written revealed word of
God, and are the only prefect rule of faith and practice for
God's church in her militant state while here on earth.
Art. 4. We believe in the doctrine of Election, that God
chose His church in Christ Jesus before the world began.
Art. 5. We believe in all mankind's apostacy by trans-
gression in Adam, their federal head.
Art. 6. We believe in the doctrine of Original Sin.
Art. 7. We believe in the impotency of man to recover
himself from his fallen state by his own free will and ability.
Art. 8. We believe that sinners are justified freely by
grace and before God by faith in Christ and his righteous-
Art. 9. We believe that God's elect or church shall be
called, converted, regenerated and sanctified by the Holy
Spirit in due time.
Art. 10. We believe that the saints shall persevere in
grace and never finally fall away.
Art. 11. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Sup-
per are ordinances of Christ's appointment and that be-
lievers alone are the subjects of baptism and the only proper
comunicants of the supper; that the mode of baptism is
immersion, and that neither of the ordinances is to be alter-
ed or changed by the inventions or opinions of men.
Art. 12. We believe that no man as a minister has any
right to the administration of any of the ordinances of the
gospel except such as are sound in the faith of the gospel,
regularly baptized, called of God, and have come under the
imposition of hands by a regular presbytery.
Art. 13. We believe in the resurrection of the dead,
both the just and the unjust, and a general judgment.
Art. 14. We believe that the punishment of the wicked
will be everlasting and the joys of the righteous eternal.
Form of Government (or Constitution) of the Bear Creek
Primitive Baptist Association,
which was adopted in the date of A. D., 1832, and has been
in vogue ever since.
1st. The Association shall be composed of members duly
chosen by the different churches in our union and sent to
represent them in the Association, who producing letters
from their respective churches certifying to their appoint-
ment, shall be entitled to a seat.
2. In the letters from the different churches, shall be
expressed their members in full fellowship, those baptized,
received by letter, excommunicated, restored and dead since
the last Association.
3rd. The members thus chosen and convened shall be
denominated the Bear Creek Association, who shall have no
power to lord it over God's heritage, nor have any ecclesi-
astical power to infringe on thp internal rights of the church,
nevertheles in some cases, it becomes necessary to have some
uniform rule of proceeding, viz. : when an offense may be
committed by one church against another, we advise the
church so offended to labor with the offender for satisfac-
tion, and if she fail of success, she may call in the aid of
two or more churches in the union to assist in the labors, and,
if finally, satisfaction in the opinion of the helps cannot be
obtained, then the aggrieved church may bring the case
before the Association, whose duty it shall be to act on it;
and also, when any serious difference may arise, in any in-
dividual church, which they all, after due labor had, cannot
reconcile, we advise the church then to call in the aid of
two or more churches in the union to assist in the work;
and, if no satisfaction can bv- had, it may be brought before
the Association, who shall act on it, and to further illustrate
the mode of proceeding in the above cases, reference shall
be had in the 18th chapter of the gospel by Matthew and
other scripture, which respect discipline for the bringing
to trial, and determining on the case of an individual mem-
ber in an individual church, and the Association will take
cognizance of no case of the kind unless the above pro-
ceeding be had thereon.
4. The Association when convened shall be governed by
a regular and proper Decorum, which they are authorized
to form for themselves.
5th. The Association shall appoint a Chief Speaker or
Moderator from among themselves for the time being, whose
duty it shall be to see that the Eules of Decorum shall be
attended to, take the opinion of the Association on all
questions properly brought before them; and a Clerk shall
be appointed by the Association, whose duty it shall be to
take a correct minute of the proceedings of the Association,
keep a regular file of the minutes, who shall be at liberty
to choose his assistant.
6th. New churches may be admitted into this union,
who shall petition by letter and delegate or delegates on
examination, if found orthodox and orderly may be receiv-
ed and may be manifested by the Chief speaker or Modera-
tor giving the right hand of fellowship to the delegate or
7th. Every church or delegate shall be entitled to rep-
resentation in the Association, but shall not have more than
three members from a church.
8th. Any query presented to the Association by any
church in the union shall be read, on which the sense of the
Association shall be taken, whether it be considered, and
if there be a majority for taking it into consideration it
shall be examined, otherwise it shall be withdrawn, never-
theless no query except such as relate to the general union
shall be received from any church which has not been de-
liberately considered in the church in which it originated
and which they cannot get satisfaction.
9th. Every motion made in order and seconded, shall
come under the consideration of the Association unless it be
withdrawn by the person who made it together with his
10th. The Association shall endeavor to furnish the
churches with minutes of their proceedings, and in order
to enable them to do it in the most convenient manner it is
recommended that the churches should contribute such sums
of money as they think proper and send by their messengers,
which, when received, shall be put into the hands of the
Treasurer appointed for that purpose, and shall be distrib-
uted as the Association may direct for the benefit of the
11th. Presbyteries for the purpose of constituting
churches, or acting in conjunction with the churches, in or-
daining ministers or restoring those whose gifts have been
suspended by excommunication to their former function,
shall be composed of two or more ministers in the Union.
12. The Association shall provide for the general Union
of the churches, preserve the chain of communication
among them, give them advice in matters of difficulties,
enquire into the cause why any churches fail to represent
themselves in the Association, appropriate the money sent
by the churches for Associational fund to any purpose they
may think proper or necessary for the benefit of the
churches, and appoint any member or members of the Asso-
ciation with Ms or their consent to transact any business
for the benefit of the Union which they think proper.
13. The Association may withdraw from any church or
churches that are disorderly in principle or practice.
14. The Association may, at its sitting, admit any dis-
tnat brethren, whose principles accord with theirs, to sit
with them, who shall be at liberty to discourse upon any
question, and give his light, but not permitted to vote except
touching the general Union.
15th. All questions should be determined by a majority
of members present, except in the reception of churches
which should be unanimous.
16th. Two-thirds of the members form a quorum to do
17th. Amendments may be made to this form or gov-
ernment and to this constitution-^a majority of the members
18th. The minutes of this Association shall be read and
corrected if need be, and signed by the Chief Speaker and
19th. The Association may adjourn to any time and
place they may think proper.